Colin de la Higuera

Who am I?

Some links to events I support

No comment

I may have changed a bit



Grammatical inference

Current work:

  • with Rémi Eyraud, Makoto Kanazawa and Ryo Yoshinaka, we edited in 2016 a special issue of Fundamenta Informaticae
  • with Jeffrey Heinz and Menno van Zaanen,: Grammatical Inference for Computational Linguistics. Synthesis Lectures on Human Language Technologies, Morgan and Claypool Publishers 2015
  • with Rick Smetsers and Alexis Linard, investigating compression based language learning techniques
  • with Jorge Calvo-Zaragoza and Jose Oncina, we have been working on the expected edit distance between strings and PFA
  • with Rémi Eyraud, François Coste, Nicolas Beldiceanu, we want to start working on learning transducers

Recent and coming talks:

  • In May 2017, I am giving a talk at the London Machine Learning Meet-Up
  • In 2016 I gave talks at the Universities of Fukuoka and Kyoto on grammatical inference
  • Grammatical inference. Seminar at Xerox Research, Grenoble, June 2015.

Machine Learning

Current interests:

  • Learning is about intelligent forgetting
  • Teaching the topic: how to get the students to prepare the lectures?

Recent and coming talks:

  • I will be giving a talk at JERS 2017, in Nantes, in November 2017
  • Learning is about intelligent forgetting (2016, Kyoto, Tokyo, Sapporo)

Technologies for teaching

Current work:

  • Hugo Mougard, Matthieu Riou, Colin de la Higuera, Solen Quiniou et Olivier Aubert : The Paper or the Video: Why Choose? SAVE-SD 2015, Florence, Italy, 2015.
  • Hugo Mougard, Matthieu Riou, Colin de la Higuera, Solen Quiniou et Olivier Aubert: The Paper or the Video: Why Choose? SAVE-SD 2015, Florence, Italie, ay 2015.

Recent and coming talks:

  • Paris, June 18th, Ethics and Research for Learning
  • Nantes, November 2017, Teaching Computer Science
  • Open Education Resources: some research issues. Taichung (Taiwan) CELT symposium at COMPSAC, July 2015.
  • Enseigner l'Informatique, Conference in Besançon, France, at the ABDU conference, September 2015.


  • I have tried to organise these here.
  • A book published in March 2010



What is the SIF?

The Société informatique de France (SIF) is the French Learned Society in Informatics (or Computer Science).:

What does the SIF do?

Some links to (2014) interviews and talks

  • 2/4/2014. A video about teaching code.
  • 8/7/2014. An article in
  • 21/7/2014. An interview in vousnousils.
  • 24/7/2014. An interview in
  • 28/9/2014. An article in
  • 12/11/2014. An interview in vousnousils.
  • 8/12/2014. An article in with Gilles Dowek.


What is K4A?

Knowledge 4 All Foundation Ltd (K4A) is a non-profit organization based in London (UK), formed as a successor to the PASCAL2 Network of Excellence, an FP7 research project and the main supporter of VideoLectures.Net. Among the over 60 members of the Foundation are some of the most important research and development centres in the field of artificial intelligence in Europe. The aim of the Foundation is to reduce the current gap between new trends in education, on the one hand, and advanced technologies in artificial intelligence, on the other, with the ultimate goal of securing the future of open education.

Some recent activities


  • I was a co-organiser of the Internet of Education conference held in Ljubljana, in November 2013.
  • I was chair of the OCWC Global Conference held in Ljubljana in April 2014. The theme was: Open Education for a Multicultural World.
  • I coran project COCo at University of Nantes.



Contact me Feel free to mail me.

Colin de la Higuera  Laboratoire LS2N
UFR de Sciences et Techniques
2 rue de la Houssinière
BP 92208
44322 Nantes Cedex 03

Tel : (33) (0)2 51 12 58 33

(33) (0)2 51 12 58 97

Instructions (in French) to get to the lab by foot, car, plane or train are here